Monday, December 23 Santa Fe, NM
Today was a family preparation day. Chris made her Spritz cookies having brought her cookie press from Minnesota. Jude made a pecan coffee cake that we can not enjoy until tomorrow. She also made dinner, salmon with a cucumber topping. For dessert she made baked apples. Yum! Plus, it was topped with Tillamook ice cream, a great brand we discovered when we went to Oregon in 2010. I made my third batch of Russian tea cakes, there should be a few left for Joyce.
We are not gifting major presents but are doing small stocking stuffer gifts so people were busy finishing off the shopping, wrapping gifts, and identifying the Christmas stockings Jude purchased for each of us.
Bernie, Chris and Ed found some time in the afternoon for an hour walk in the La Tierra trails west of Santa Fe. It was a path Chris and I had taken once before. This time it was partially snow-covered but earlier users made the trail readily identifiable. The fresh air and blue sky with the mountain backdrop made for a pleasant experience. As we pulled up to Jude’s house, we saw a coyote. Unfortunately I was not quick enough with my camera.
Ed and Chris Dec. 23 10 pm